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Ralph Nader's statement to D.C. Council members opposing possible taxpayer subsidized baseball stadium

Linda Cropp, Chair of the D.C. City Council
Carol Schwartz, at-large, Chair of DPW Committee
David Catania, at-large, Chair of Local and Regional Affairs
Washington, DC

Ralph Nader
P.O. Box 19312
Washington DC 20036


Anybody reading the materials regarding the proposed Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) and a possible professional baseball stadium in the Mt. Vernon East Neighborhood knows that the corporate model of development -- big entertainment complex with concentrated traffic density -- is confronting the neighborhood model of sustainable urban revival of housing and mixed commercial activity as if people who live there mattered. So "there they go again" with their disregard of far superior alternative sites such as near Union Station and renovating the existing RFK stadium and their demand for huge taxpayer subsidies all in the context of rejecting full and complete procedural due process and public deliberations.

There are many studies here and from other cities that have rejected this corporate-developer-entertainment-tax subsidized model in the central city as wasteful, environmentally harmful, a drain on the city's tax base and productive of far fewer jobs than the sustainable neighborhoods where people live and work and contribute to the city's revenues rather than deplete them. This experience is reflected in the columns of Rudolph A. Fyatt Jr. of the Washington Post and the writings of Professor Dorn C. McGrath Jr. of George Washington University, J. Kirkwood White and Beth Solomon.

Eminent Domain funded by corporate welfare to further the corporate domain over the people's domain using secretive, fast-track, unsubstantiated and other roughshod modes of unilateral decision-making are not what many District residents expect from their new Mayor and Administration. When thought precedes greed and democracy precedes oligarchy, many good results occur for a breathable living downtown, a truly rational and not disguised intermodal transportation system and an organically vibrant downtown that serves its own people.

Rest assured, council members, that a mobilized citizenry will emerge to set such priorities right. The grease wheels will not be so easy this time. Do not judge the present by the past. Represent the people who live and work in your city. Thank You.